27 October 2022

SCARS | Excerpt + Giveaway


He tried to leave the past behind, but it won’t leave him…

Ex-gang member Garrett Lovett is a new creature in Christ. At least, he’s trying to be. He’s got a wholesome routine, a place on the IronWorks football team, and a pretty woman he wants to know better. But when the old gang resurfaces with the ultimatum to re-up or face consequences, Garrett has tough decisions to make. These guys know how to get to him—his addictions, his fears. When things get life-threatening, Garrett must decide if this God he’s heard about is real or not.

And if so, can he rescue Garrett and those he loves before it’s too late?

Publisher: Independently published
Release Date: September 2022



Ryann stepped in front of him, glaring, and put a foot on the ladder. “Just get out of my way.”

Garrett frowned. “What do you know about roofing?”

“I can nail a tarp down better than you. Most likely. Are you one of those guys who thinks women can’t do anything?”

“You didn’t impress me as—”

“Just give it a little time. I think you’ll be impressed.”

“All right, Princess. Let’s see what you’ve got.”

Her jaw clenched, but she started up the ladder.

He grinned and set out after her. “I’m coming just to hand you some tools.”

“I bet.” She climbed onto the roof and disappeared.

The other men would scramble up in a minute. He hesitated right before climbing onto the roof. Okay. He probably was sexist. Was that the term nowadays? His dad was. For sure the gang was.

He thought about his mom as he swung a leg onto the roof then inspected the area. His respect for her far outweighed that for his dad. He wasn’t a complete chauvinist then. Just women thinking they could outdo him when it came to construction—well, he’d take that challenge.

“I have this great construction joke, but I’m still working on it.”

Her head swung around. “What?”

“I need to hammer out a few kinks first and nail the delivery.”

“Don’t even start. That won’t let you off the hook.”

“Or off the roof?”

Two hours later, Garrett wiped the sweat from his eyes. It had soaked his headband and dripped like a washcloth being rung out. Ground water stood everywhere, and the heat and humidity clung to his body like he sat in a sauna. Ryann had her hair in a ponytail, but still her face flushed. And, well, she did know what she was doing. They’d managed to get the tarp spread and nailed down faster with four of them working it.


Linda K. Rodante is a Florida transplant now living in Tennessee. She loves sweet tea, apple butter and both the mountains and the oceans. Her work with crisis pregnancy centers and anti-trafficking groups gave her a heart for women struggling in today’s society, while still respecting the role God has given men.

She writes Christian romantic suspense novels. Her books wrap sweet romance in real-life issues women face today with an edge of mystery and suspense. She desires to entertain and encourage women in their walk with the Lord. Her books can be found on Amazon.

She’s a past finalist of ACFW’s Genesis contest and a member of Word Weavers International.

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(1) winner will receive a signed copy of WARRIOR (Spiritual Warfare Series #1) and $25 Amazon Gift Card!

Full tour schedule linked below. The giveaway begins at midnight October 26, 2022 and will last through 11:59 PM EST on November 2, 2022. Winner will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or risk forfeiture of prize. US only. Void where prohibited by law or logistics.

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